This previously uninspected guitar was recently pulled from storage in response to an inquiry about it. I have taken pictures, inspected the guitar in detail and done full ops checks. The results are posted here on this guitar's webpages.
Either me or my camera are having difficulties resolving light and focus issues; I will post better pictures when I am able to find out what's up with the camera. Thank You.
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The Kay Value Leader guitar's body is a hollow, thin-line, flat top and back, all-wood, laminated maple body. It has a bolt-on maple neck with hardrock maple fretboard and hardened brass frets. 3 pickups with volume and tone pots for each pickup and a pickup selector switch. The output jack is mounted at the rear of the 3-D checkerboard etched pickguard. The Value Leader guitar model was made during the first half of the 1960s, mainly for a budget-minded intermediate and advanced level Players market. They have remained a "sleeper" among seasoned players who like the Value Leader's wide range of tones from high dynamic and raucus grass-roots electric blues tones, to nice and clear rythm and jazz tones when the pickups volume is rolled back a bit, yet standing ready to get dirty again by rolling the volume back up or selecting a pickup whose volume is already rolled up, ....quite like other lower impedence / high-dynamics, vintage, single coil pickups. The strings / fretboard scale is 24.5". The fretboard is finished hardrock maple with translucent dark amber dot inlays. The factory / design provided a bit of extra neck width beyond factory string spacing, which allowed a Player to custom set-up a wider string spacing at the bridge and / or nut, serving wider necks favored by some Players, particularly those with big hands. Strings run across a height and angle adjustable floating rosewood bridge and root to a standard trapeeze tailpiece. The neck has a trussrod adjustable at the headstock.
I played this guitar along to an assortment of music styles recordings for about 3 hours, so I could refamiliarize myself with it and it's nuances. Lots of fun; LOTS. It seems best suited for tones common to authentic blues and blues rock; And has remarkable jazz tones with the volume and tone pots set accordingly. Like most guitars of similar design, I think most Players would feel that the Value Leader can use some finer fret dressing and firming-up of parts mountings that rattled from the factory, ....although such rattling also contributes to authentic early electric blues sounds. Firming up rattles is just a matter of tightening parts mounts and inserting paper shims between some parts and the surface it rattles against. For instance: The Value Leader's metal pickguard is inherently prone to rattle because it is screwed directly onto the guitar's body; Which can be cured by making a "thick"-paper (such as spiral notebook covers) pad to go under the pickguard. The entire electronics assembly is mounted to the pickguard, so removing a few small mounting screws allows the entire electronics assembly to be easily & completely removed from the guitar.
I have and will continue to post some tricks, suggestions and details worth mentioning as I progress with posting info onto this guitar's webpages.